Students are supported principally through regular tutorials from a specialist supervisor. All supervisors are members of staff within the School of Media, Art and Design who have significant research experience and have been granted supervisor status by the Graduate School. A supervisor will help the student adopting the traditional research mode to frame the research topic and provide ongoing guidance about carrying out secondary and primary research and writing up the findings.
A supervisor will help the student adopting the practicebased mode to devise and produce their project and to set it within a critical framework.
Face-to-face supervisions will take place on a regular basis during term time, and supplemented by telephone, email and Skype guidance as needed. The schedule of supervisions will be agreed by negotiation between the supervisor and the student.
Tutorials can be scheduled around a student’s other commitments and meaningful distance learning can be facilitated.
Work-in-progress is reviewed by a panel of supervisors half way through the registration period. Following advice from this review students complete their theses or projects.
One of the few fixed commitments is the integral research seminar programme, which MA by Research students are required to attend, typically one afternoon each fortnight through October - June. The seminar programme is built around the department’s own research seminar series and is designed to integrate the student body by addressing issues of common interest, such as aesthetics, genre, form etc. Some seminar presentations will be tutor-led, others student-led.
Every Masters student will be expected to deliver a research paper during the seminar programme. Students choosing the practice based mode will be expected to present work-in-progress for group critique.
Students choosing the practicebased mode will have access to the department’s extensive range of specialist equipment, which they will be able to book, and to its specialist facilities at times that they are not in use for taught classes.
Further support, training and facilities are provided by The Graduate School. Students adopting the traditional research mode will be expected to attend the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.